IFA American Flyer
Oct. 2, 2013

FAA panel backs easing of device rules
The New York Times
Airline passengers should be allowed to use their personal electronic devices to read, play games or enjoy movies and music, even when planes are on the ground or flying below 10,000 feet, according to recommendations an advisory panel sent to the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday. But the panel said that restrictions should remain on sending text messages, browsing the Web or checking e-mail after the plane's doors have been closed.More

Maker of small plane defends safety record
The Cirrus SR20 plane involved in the fatal crash in Bolingbrook, Ill., is fast, light and incredibly popular with pilots. But the model has been involved in a number of recent accidents, according to federal records. The National Transportation Safety Board reports the SR20 was involved in 26 accidents nationally since 2009.More

More honors for a true superhero as WWII pilot from New York is remembered
The Buffalo News
A young man from Niagara Falls, N.Y., took to the skies for his country and died a hero. William C. Glasgow left the military with an honorable discharge and spent time after that getting even more experience up in the air. "He wanted to fly," said Glasgow's cousin, Violet McIntyre, of Wheatfield, N.Y. After joining the Army Air Forces in World War II, he flew more than 80 missions as a fighter pilot in a P-40 Warhawk over Europe and North Africa.More

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Top 10 signs you (or your airplane) may be in trouble
By Tom Hoffmann
Reprinted with permission from FAA Safety Briefing
Top 10 lists are featured in late-night television jokes, rank the year's best movies, and even suggest the most influential minds among us. Just about everyone can appreciate a good top 10 list, even if only for entertainment value. But in the world of aviation, top 10 lists play a much more vital role. They help save lives. They help us all understand why accidents happen, and more importantly, help us develop ways to prevent them. More

IFA pilot quiz — firsts before and after the Wrights
I Fly America
We in aviation usually think of the Wright Brothers as the first to fly. They were the first to fly a controllable, heavier-than-air vehicle. However, there were many other firsts before and after the Wrights. How many do you know?

1. The first free flight by humans was made by Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis d’Arlandes in a balloon. Peak altitude was 500 feet and they traveled about 5.5 miles in 20 minutes. When was this first flight?

2. Who was the first woman to fly in a balloon? Continue the quiz and find out the answers. More

Flugtag: Where aeronautics, insanity and inspiration meet
By Ryan Clark
The fact that the first place winner of the Washington, D.C., Red Bull Flugtag involved a licensed pilot and a fan of aeronautic engineering may not be a coincidence. Sometimes the best man to fly a plane is a pilot — a very crazy pilot.More

Alaska pilot students get small break from tough new FAA regulations
Alaska Dispatch
The Federal Aviation Administration set a new standard for airline copilots, which requires an additional certificate. But in order to get it, aspiring pilots must spend six times as much hours flying...More

Video: Winging it — aerobatics pilot Sean D. Tucker narrates a flight
Salinas Californian
Beware of vertigo! Or, alternatively, what a rush! Salinas native and National Aerobatic Champion Sean D. Tucker agreed to be videoed while he conducted an aerobatics practice over Greenfield, Calif...More

Local aviators look to youth to continue passion
Rapid City Journal
The open road is a classic symbol of American freedom, but the wide-open sky is the aviator's modus operandi. Such is the sentiment of the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association. More than 60 members meet monthly to talk shop about all things airborne. Their bond is built on an "absolute love of flying," club President Darrel Sauder said.More

Aspiring pilots take flight in Illinois
Alton Telegraph
The St. Louis Regional Airport is usually not entirely accessible to the public. However, the gates in the large barbed wire fence were opened for the annual Fly-In. The event hosted both a car show and a plane show. Phillip Afflack brought his 1938 Chevy to the event. Afflack built most of the car himself after finding it in rough condition. "It's an expensive hobby," he said, laughing. His friend and fellow car show enthusiast, Jerry Frye, brought his 1933 Pontiac.More

Experienced pilot makes safe emergency landing in Missouri field
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The pilot of a small airplane made a safe emergency landing in a plowed cornfield in St. Charles County, authorities say. Lt. Dave Tiefenbrunn of the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department said the pilot and his wife, both 25, were not injured when their Cessna 172 landed. Their dog was also along for the ride.More

Rains eventually make way for planes at Heart of Texas Airshow
Waco Tribune-Herald
Rains, not planes, filled the skies over Texas State Technical College airport for a couple of hours, forcing the Heart of Texas Airshow to push back its starting time and put on an abbreviated show. The intermittent rain showers were enough to ground airplanes and send about 1,000 people scurrying for cover at nearby hangars. More

Russians search for lost '30s-era Soviet bomber in Alaska
Anchorage Daily News
On Aug. 12, 1937, the world watched as a massive Russian bomber took off from an airdrome near Moscow. Stalin's war ministry abandoned its usual secrecy and invited Western reporters to see the event. Shutters clicked and cameras rolled as great red wings lifted the Bolkhovitinov DB-A into the evening air. Captain Sigizmund Levanevsky banked the plane over a row of trees and set a course for Fairbanks, Alaska. The plane was never seen again.More